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NCJ Number: 157889 Find in a Library
Title: Conditional Early Release: Relieving Prison and Jail Overcrowding
Journal: State Factor  Volume:20  Issue:11  Dated:(November 1994)  Pages:complete issue
Corporate Author: American Legislative Exchange Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: American Legislative Exchange Council
Washington, DC 20006
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes a conditional early release program and presents text of a model law to provide a method for reducing penitentiary and jail populations to acceptable levels while making sure that dangerous felons are kept in prison.
Abstract: The discussion argues that research indicates that incarceration is effective, but sufficient jail and prison space does not exist to enable convicted violent offenders to serve their sentences. A conditional early release program offers a solution to the problem of overcrowding. It relies on performance bonds and indemnity agreements to keep those who take part in the program from committing crimes. The program would focus on the large percentage of criminals held in county jails on misdemeanor nonviolent sentences and to a lesser extent those held in State correctional facilities on nonviolent offenses. It would require families and communities to take some responsibility for future acts of the young person who is displaying signs of trouble. Also, at the pretrial stage, adequate local jail space would always be available for preventively detaining any person who would pose a serious threat to the community if released prior to trial. The program would generate family and community support for rehabilitating offenders and promote the principle of collaborative efforts among local government and the private sector, all with no new costs to State and local government. Reference notes and text of model legislation
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Corrections policies; Criminology; Early release programs; Model law; Prison overcrowding
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